How We Made Our Own Wedding Invitations & RSVP Cards

Hey there! Our wedding plans are in full swing now and as anyone who has planned a wedding could tell you weddings are a ton of work and we are now getting down to the wire! Over the next few weeks I have a few posts planned to show all my DIY/Crafty wedding elements and how I made them for our big day.


First up we have all the wonderful wedding stationary pieces our invites and RSVP’s. 

We did a lot of searches before we found what we wanted, I have at least 10 designs on my computer that I started but scrapped when I found something I liked more. My future hubby has been a trooper letting me design, tweak and change my mind fifty million times with this one. I will do my best to break down the price at the end so you can decide if this DIY is for you so lets get started!


Materials needed for invitations:

A design for both your invitation and RSVP.

A printer, We have an HP desk-jet 2512.

Ink for your printer and plenty of it!

Heavy card stock we found ours here and at our local Hobby Lobby.

Paper cutters we got ours here and here.

Plenty of time and some friends to help cut them!

These are my designs We knew we wanted to do the Madlib from the beginning! :)

Okay lets get started! First you are going to need a design, this is where you should start. If you are looking for something quick you can find some really nice ones that need no Photoshop here.  If you are savvy with Photoshop you can make your own like we did. You can also check etsy for custom ones you can print at home, we saw some nice ones for around $50.

After you design, buy, or download your design grab your heavy cardstock and make sure your printer is ready with plenty of ink. We went through a good bit of paper doing our test prints but only ran out of ink once. Make sure you do a few test prints this is very important so you don’t waste ink and paper printing them all only to find a mistake. We got a few different kinds of paper to see which looked best but ended up with white textured card stock.  Keep in mind different paper will absorb the ink in different ways, my advice is to do a color swatch then your design on each kind of paper.


I used the printing feature from Photo Gallery for our RSVP’s and Photoshop’s print setting for our Invitation. Print extra you never know what will happen I had a few with weird spots and accidentally ripped one while cutting.


Cutting them all out was definitely the time consuming part, I did it by myself while Future Hubby was napping. It took me about 3 hours just do cut our my RSVP cards, This is where your wedding party would be handy if you had more than one cutting tool.


Here was our end result a lovely stack of card that cost me less.

Price breakdown:

We already had a printer and some of the ink so this is just what we spent.

Design: Free! We made it.

Paper: $41.75

Ink: $25

Paper Cutters: I had a coupon for both so it was $22.75

So our total cost ended up being less than $100! If we had to buy the ink we had on hand it would have been roughly $115. When we shopped online we were a lot closer to $300 or more for just invitations alone!  We would defintly do this over if we had to it was worth having the extra wiggle room in our small budget. Please let me know if you have any questions and thanks for reading!!


Rain Drops & Happy Tears

Woops! I may be a teensy bit late with my yearly Praters Mill blog!
Goodness this year was a doozy! It seemed we would never get there, between my not knowing about having those days off due to a new job and a flat tire on the way to the show on the first day, Curb Check!
We did however make it with time to spare after having to wait for my dad to save us with a new tire.

This year was my first year going without my dad which meant I was driving and also had to make my way through the mud to get to my designated parking spot after dropping off my many totes at my canopy, I never knew how awful mud was until I was stuck driving in nothing but mud and grass that weekend, yuck!

Our setup was a little different this year as we did not hang the quilts in case of rain and instead placed them inside of a crib along with the receiving blankets. I also had a new display for my bows this year which was so much better instead of people digging through all of them they could just give it a spin and see everything.

2014-10-11 08.52.54 2014-10-11 08.53.25 2014-10-11 08.53.34We got rained on both days but we still had sales when the sun came out. I must say thank goodness for Jessie being there to help or we would have had a soaked catastrophe of a booth this year with all the rain coming and going as it pleased.

My sister Laura came down with her girls for the show both days and my sister Krystal and her family drove down from Illinois on the second day for a visit the last day.

The second day seemed to have went much better, many sales were made and lots of trades for goodies from other vendors which is always a bonus. I even had time to walk around with my sister for a while, Once we got back to my booth she stayed so me and Jessie could walk around a little while. This was out third year at Praters and each year I am so thankful he is a good sport and sits all day with me so when we had a change to actually walk around together we were both happy to take it.

We walked the path that leads to the view of the water and the small waterfall by the mill, something I had seen many times but he was set on seeing it that day. We got over to the edge and he points out how beautiful the waterfall looks today, After looking and thinking it looked the same I looked back at him he was down on one knee, ring in hang. Oh my goodness I couldn’t believe he had pulled that off! Had my siblings and dad there and everything! I am so thankful every day that god sent him my way to become my best friend for life, I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with such a kind, sweet and sneaky romantic!

2014-10-12 16.29.19I hope you are ready for crafty wedding posts and blogs about wedding related adventures!


The Good The Bad And The Ugly

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PicMonkey CollagedresserSometimes I just see a piece of furniture and no matter how bad it looks it’s just calling out to me to be restored!
let me start from the beginning, months ago we decided we would move and since I am an over thinker but I promise I come by it honestly just like my hoarding,  a little known fact about me i over think everything  so naturally I began to think of all the things we would need that I could find cheap and make to match what I have already stored away. Well a wide dresser was on my list but none had jumped out at me so I had given up my search to go about other  things for a while. Well several weeks ago I was cruising our local free and for sale items and came across an ad for a cheap dresser, As you can see below the picture was quite dark and it didn’t look to bad especially not for $30.

IMG_2967Little did I know at the time this dresser would become a pain in my back side the second I agreed to buy it and pick it up. The dreser was wet and falling apart, things that were never mentioned, I still wanted to take it home because I knew under all that paint (6 layers) was something beautiful I could love for years to come.


After much hard work and lot’s of scraping I realized that beyond the paint was this discusting layer of old varnish that was not budging (pictured above). Though the heat gun removed all layers of paint it just couldn’t tackle the varnish.

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Though this isn’t half bad of a mid point with such a mess top have started with. As you can can see it was once a nice dark color before being white, red, cream, blue, black and silver.IMG_2990Anyway next step was to apply a very generous amount of citrus peel AKA orange slime to the dresser and drawers. Many coats were applied before I got any  results but soon I had a nearly bare dresser ready to be sanded.

I used both the belt and palm sander on the whole thing to give a nice smooth surface and also to clean up some water damaged spots that were rough I also decided to puty up all but one lock hole since the locks were in such bad shape. Sadly I didn’t remember to take a picture of it sanded but once we got it sanded we realized it was made of oak!

IMG_3000IMG_3005Next was paint and stain, I went with a cream gloss for the body and my favorite stand by Red Mahogany 225 for the top.

And at this point it was done! Let me just say this thing was so heavy and wide moving it into my bedroom was a nightmare, it almost didn’t fit in my bedroom door!

Last was buying knobs, this was a task I knew would eat of the budget for this project.

PicMonkey Collage7I first was going to go with this blue one as I thought it went well with the stain and paint but Jessie wasn’t a fan.


So after searching through what they had  we ended up buying two of these to see if we liked them  and they were perfect! But since the store quoted me $50 on those ones we had to wait for them last and  luckily about the time it was done they went on sale and I was able to get the rest of them for only $25!

2014-08-14 14.30.46After the knobs were on it was all finished and ready to be used, I love how it looks with some of my mom’s old things and some of my thrifted goodies on it.

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Here is my cost break down for this project.

Dresser: $30.00.

Plastic to cover work area: had on hand.

Heat Gun: had on hand.

2 jugs of Citrus strip $23.50.

Sanders: had on hand.

Can of wood putty: had on hand.

Sand paper: $5.00.

6 Cans of Valspar Premium spray paint in Gloss Lovely Bluff: $30.00.

Can of Wood Stain in Red Mahogony 225: Had on hand.

Can of poly spray in gloss: had on hand.

Knobs: $35.00

Total cost of this project: Roughly $123.50.

Thanks for reading!


Thrifted Thursday


Happy first day of spring! I thought I would kick off today with a round-up of recent Thrift store, yard sale and flea market find’s since hopefully warm weather means more great finds.


The scarfs after being turned into yarn balls

First up was several scarfs I found for $1 each, I kept  the cute gray one in the picture and took the rest apart to use for making things for my shop so $4 for one adorable scarf and 3 huge yarn balls, not to shabby.


I love having wreaths for every season or holiday and was so happy to find this one at a local thrift shop for only $1! They actually had two different ones but I decided to get this one because it had two bunnies and I was thinking I could take it to shows or keep it up in my craft room once we move.

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I was so excited to find a cast iron skillet at a local flea market and even more so when I saw a $5 tag on it! it was quite dirty but after a good cleaning it was ready for use in my kitchen. I used it the other day to make breakfast for me and Jessie and used a little coconut oil to season it before and after use.


While I was wondering around the flea market with my sister I also came across this cordless cheese grater for $5, I didn’t notice the battery wasn’t included until I got it home but it is brand new and still in plastic, once I find the battery pack this poor little thing will get worn out at my house since we love cheese.

Here’s hoping for warm weather so I can snag some more goodies and also so I can have a yard sale of my own to rid my house of un-needed junk! :)